Osechi ryori is a celebratory meal in Japan, enjoyed during the New Year holiday and shared with family. The foods that comprise osechi ryori each have its own meaning and symbolism, many representing health, wealth, and happiness for the new year.
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In the month of February, both onions and avocados are in season in Japan. Serving as both garnishes and main ingredients, they are a great way to enhance a dish and improve your health at the same time.
In Japan, people often cook with fresh, in-season ingredients. During the cold month of December, hakusai (nappa cabbage), kabu (turnips) and daikon radishes are the perfect accompaniments to many hearty and warming dishes.
The month of January brings three of the most significant holidays in Japanese culture: San Ga Nichi, the first three days of the new year; Nanakusa, when the Japanese esat seven-herb porridge; and Kagami Biraki, the opening of the mochi.
Got the winter blues? What you need is nabemono and warm sake, a Japanese tradition. Find out how it all works here.
Although the term setsubun refers to the turning of any season in Japan, only one of the four annual occurrences is a well-known holiday. On February 3, the Japanese usher in spring with purifying rituals.
In Japan, December means three major holidays: the winter solstice celebration, known as Toji; Christmas Eve; and Omisoka, the New Year's Eve purity rites, which take place in both the shrine and the home.
There are many ways to enjoy Japanese rice porridge, whether you're feeling sick or just hoping to warm up after being in the cold. By adding things such as meat, eggs, and vegetables, you can make a hearty and filling meal out of simple ingredients.
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Easy-to-follow recipe and video for enoki mushroom and spinach mayonnaise salad, plus everything you need to know about Japanese mushrooms and mayonnaise.
Healthy smoothie with a hint of green tea will get you ready for the day.
Make a delicious sashimi tuna rice bowl from scratch using an umami-rich marinade to really bring out the flavor with our recipe. This special donburi recipe makes a great lunch or hot weather dinner and will impress friends and family.
Soy milk dressing is healthier than your regular Caesar salad dressing!
Thinking of a easy breakfast/lunch to make? Try the pizza toast but with miso for a Japanese taste.
Bread + Cookie = Heavenly desserts! If you are a baker, try making your own bread and cookie dough.
Soy and butter combine to deliver a savory flavor punch you will not soon forget with our easy-to-make authentic Japanese recipe for butter sautéed spinach and egg scramble that you can make from scratch right in your home kitchen.
Ketchup rice covered with a thin omelet. Try this once and you might fall in love with the tastiness!
These large meatballs contain a happy surprise inside! Just make sure to bite into them slowly...
There are myriad of ways to cook miso soup. This recipe focuses on maitake mushroom, one of the many healthy mushrooms used in Japaneses cooking.
Soba noodles are a popular dish in Japanese restaurants, but there are actually several varieties of soba noodles you should try if you are a fan of the healthy buckwheat noodles.
Using high-quality Echizen miso from Japan, we will show you how to create a flavor-rich salmon and potato stew perfect for the winter-time. Full of umami flavor and warming to the soul, this is comfort food that will please the entire dinner party.
Shiso dressing is a Japanese salad dressing made with shiso leaf and other flavorful ingredients. The dressing can be used to enhance several different dishes and is a must for fans of rich umami flavors.
Everything you need to make an authentic Japanese yuzu sour right in your home kitchen is right here. This craft cocktail will be the star of your next dinner party or gathering using shochu and yuzu citrus peels for flavor and color.
Japanese Kanten powder is similar to agar and gelatin and is made from seaweed. It's the ideal ingredient for vegans to make gelatin-type desserts and confectionaries.
Like chicken wings? Then you are going to love our Nagoya style tebasaki recipe. Learn how to make teriyaki sauce smothered tender chicken wings and umami-rich ajitsuke tamago eggs right in your home kitchen.